NEW HAMPSHIRE EDGED BY CLARKSON, 2-1
POTSDAM, N.Y. - Jamie Lee Rattray scored two goals to lead the Clarkson University women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 2-1 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Cheel Arena.
UNH ends October with a 3-3-2 overall record. Clarkson improved to 4-1-3.
Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) finished with 21 saves defending the Wildcats' cage. CU counterpart Erica Howe stopped 12 shots.
Clarkson quickly took a 1-0 lead when Rattray scored her fourth goal of the season at 2:59 of the first period.
UNH went on the first power play of the game at 6:54 when a Golden Knights' skater was sent to the penalty box for boarding but the Wildcats did not record a shot during that skater advantage.
Gilligan made three saves in as many minutes, then Clarkson went on its first power play of the game at 12:03. The Wildcats, with Gilligan recording one save, had a successful penalty kill as the home team's power play ended when they were called for a penalty at 13:53. UNH returned to full strength 10 seconds later to go on its second power play, but Howe turned aside Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) to preserve the one-goal lead.
Gilligan made four saves in the opening 8:30 of the second period, then New Hampshire pulled even, 1-1, at 9:05 on the fourth goal of the season by Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario). Emma Clark (South Barre, Vt.), who scored a goal Friday at St. Lawrence, was credited with an assist.
Clarkson regained the lead, 2-1, at 10:47 on Rattray's second goal of the game, which was set up by Vanessa Gagnon and Brittany Styner. The Golden Knights outshot their guests 4-0 in the next six minutes.
Howe turned aside a Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario) shot in the 17th minute and UNH went on its third power-play of the game at 18:40. Gifford tested Howe before the end of the stanza. The 'Cats carried 40 seconds of the skater advantage into the start of the third period but did not record a shot on goal.
New Hampshire pulled Gilligan in favor of an extra skater with 1:39 remaining in regulation, but the Golden Knights did not allow a shot the rest of the way to preserve the lead.
The 'Cats finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play. The Golden Knights did not score on their only extra skater opportunity.
UNH returns to action Nov. 3 at home against the University of Vermont. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.